We continue our series looking at the most important players projected to suit up for Texas Tech this season. This is not a list of the most talented players, but rather a breakdown of which guys stand to make the most impact either by their presence or absence.
No. 3: right guard Le’Raven Clark
With the arrival of junior college left tackle Dominique Robertson, All-Big 12 left tackle Le’Raven Clark has switched to right guard, the position he dominated his redshirt freshman year. This is the best news of the season so far, because it means the best player on the team is free to fill in the only hole on an otherwise intact offensive line.
Clark is a rare talent at both guard and tackle, but he’s projected as a guard in the NFL because of his prowess for run blocking; and if he has another All-Conference year, he’s definitely heading to the draft early.
The move puts this year’s offensive line in a great position: Robertson has reportedly locked down the starting spot at left tackle, Alfredo Morales (last year’s starter at left guard) will resume his spot, Jared Kaster returns at center, Clark at right guard and Rashad Fortenberry returns at right tackle.
Not many lines in the league return that kind of continuity and experience, and it’s all possible thanks to Clark’s versatility and talent. Were he to go down, the offensive would be all but sunk.